Manager, Leave and Disability Programs

at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, United States

Job Description

The Manager of Leave and Disability Programs oversees The Jackson Laboratory's (JAX) leave programs, including state and federally protected leaves, short and long term disability programs, and workers compensation. This position is responsible for developing compliant and efficient organizational processes to operationalize leave administration across all JAX locations (multiple states). The Manager, Leave & Disability Programs reinforces a strong culture of customer service to ensure program effectiveness and optimal service delivery in support of JAX's HR Operations model.


Key Responsibilities:

Serves as the subject matter expert for leave, disability, and worker's compensation programs under the general guidance of HR leadership

Develops and maintains policies, procedures, and programs in accordance with state and federal regulations for all leaves and the worker's compensation program.

Works closely with HR Business Partners, Occupational Health, and managers to provide support associated with absence management and return to work, including development of recommendation for modified works schedules and arrangements to help transition employees back to work.

Supervises and coaches assigned staff with an objective to retain and expand organizational talent through focused attention and efforts; provides timely and constructive feedback and manages performance issues when necessary.

Exercises knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and works closely with Occupational Health and Environmental Health & Safety Services to support an employee's successful return to work.

Drives the implementation, communication, and administration of leave, disability programs, and worker's compensation programs.

Works closely with Benefits and Payroll staff to streamline and coordinate all benefits and supplemental wages for employees on a leave of absence, disability, or worker's compensation.



Bachelor's degree in related field with at least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in Benefit or Leave management, or comparable combination of education and experience

CEBS and/or SPHR certification desirable

Advanced ability in working with relational databases and Microsoft Office programs, Workday experience is preferred

In-depth and current knowledge of relevant regulations (e.g., FMLA, ADA, Workers Compensation, state leave programs, etc.)

Strong analytical skills with ability to synthesize information from multiple sources and data sets

Experienced in providing training and guidance to managers and staff regarding all aspects of leave and disability programs to ensure compliance with JAX policies and federal and state regulations

Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to clearly and concisely communicate complex information

Experience in selection and management of third-party-administrators


Please submit a cover letter expressing interest and a resume!


About JAX:

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,400 employees. Headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine, it has a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in Augusta, Maine, a genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Connecticut, and facilities in Ellsworth, Maine, Sacramento, California, and Shanghai, China. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

JAX employees work in a collaborative, value-driven, and team-based environment where the focus is on advancing science and improving patients' lives. Researchers apply genetics to increase the understanding of human disease and advance treatments and cures for cancer, neurological and immune disorders, diabetes, aging, and heart disease. JAX was voted among the top 15 "Best Places to Work in Academia" in the United States in a poll conducted by The Scientist magazine!


EEO Statement:

The Jackson Laboratory provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, national origin, veteran status, and other classifications protected by applicable state and local non-discrimination laws.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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Job Posting: 647009

Posted On: Dec 01, 2021

Updated On: Dec 01, 2021